School of Professional Studies

Social Work : Meet our Faculty and Staff

Karen R. Brown, MSW, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor
B.A. University of Connecticut
M.S.W. University of Connecticut School of Social Work
Ph.D. University of Connecticut School of Social Work

Office location

White Hall, Suite 101B

Phone and Email:
(203) 837-8937


Biographical Information

Dr. Brown is a graduate of the University of Connecticut where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Masters of Social Work Degree and Doctor of Philosophy from the School of Social Work. Her dissertation examined welfare hearing officers and their role perceptions. Dr. Brown brings over 26 years of social welfare experience, both a social worker and most recently as a fair hearings officer, where she conducted hearings on behalf of clients who were aggrieved about actions taken on their public assistance benefits. Dr. Brown also worked for 2 years as a hospital social worker, where she worked with patients and families in addressing their psychosocial needs, performed discharge planning functions, and conducted bereavement support groups. Professor Brown has taught for several years as adjunct faculty at Capital Community College, the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, and Simmons College School of Social Work.

Professor Brown’s research interests include participatory action research, poverty, social policy, and social inequality.